The Ashland University volleyball team dropped the first set against Findlay, but the Eagles stormed back to win the next three in Hillsdale, Mich. on Saturday (Sept. 14), 24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22.
Sophomore Erin Krupar put down a career-high 24 kills and hit .367 to go with a team-high 14 digs.
The Eagles (6-2) were solid all the way around, hitting .245 as a team, holding the Oilers to a .184 mark and finishing the match with 14 blocks. Junior Lexi Lombardo led the Eagles with seven block assists and redshirt-freshman Chelsey Farris had six blocks (two solo).
Ashland had set point at 24-23 in the first set, but Findlay recorded three of the 21 kills in the set on the next three points to win the frame.
In the second set, the Eagles had a 20-18 lead before scoring four of the next five points, including three kills by Krupar to take full command.
Ashland dominated the third set by limiting the Oilers to just eight kills and a .100 hitting percentage. In the fourth, the Eagles led by as many as eight points, but Findlay got within 22-21 to force an AU timeout.
After the break, junior Brooke Peiffer and Krupar recorded kills to get to match point. After Shelby Kin scored for Findlay, Krupar finished the match with a kill.
Peiffer (.240) and senior Sophi Cudworth (.136) had nine kills each and Lombardo added eight kills (.207).
Junior Zoie Franklin had nine digs and three aces while Peck had 49 assists and 11 digs.
Kin led the Oilers with 21 kills (.265) and 10 digs.
The Eagles will have just two days off before returning to the floor at Malone on Tuesday (Sept. 17) at 7 p.m.